Concrete mixer rams bus in Downtown Pittsburgh, 10 injured


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Ten people were taken to hospitals this morning after a concrete-mixing truck rear-ended a Port Authority bus on Second Avenue near Downtown.

Port Authority police said nine people were being treated at UPMC Mercy and one person was taken to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

"They don't seem serious at this point," Port Authority police Lt. Matt Porter said.

Second Avenue was closed to traffic between Ross Street and Municipal Courts Drive.

The accident occurred in the 600-block of Second Avenue around 9:50 a.m. Crews were still on scene trying to right the cement truck early this afternoon.

The Essroc Ready Mix truck was headed inbound near the Allegheny County Jail when it flipped over after running into the rear of the 57 Hazelwood bus, which had pulled over to the curb at a stop.

Lt. Porter said the truck glanced off the side of the bus before overturning. There were skid marks in an arc on the street. The truck came to rest with its cab against the corner of a building where a pass-through leads from Second Avenue to First Avenue.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, but road conditions were dry and did not appear to be a factor.

"It could be the weight that's in the truck," Lt. Porter said. "That's going to be part of the investigation."

Neither driver was injured, Lt. Porter said.

Port Authority police were not releasing the name of either driver.

Craig Becker, senior vice president of human resources for Essroc Cement Corp., the parent of Essroc Ready Mix, said he had little information but a company supervisor had been dispatched to the scene.

Essroc, which is headquartered in Nazareth, Northampton County, has local operations on Second Avenue as well as in Braddock and Leetsdale.

Mr. Becker said his thoughts were with the bus passengers and the drivers.

"We're just getting information about what happened and trying to gather all the details," Mr. Becker said.


Jonathan D. Silver: jsilver@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1962. First Published February 12, 2014 10:18 AM

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